Structural Defect

January 25, 2008 By: erik Category: Colindres, Complaining, Photos, Spain 536 views

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Structural FlawAfter a year of digging and sucking, they’ve finally begun construction of a new apartment complex on a part of Colindres that is basically quicksand. Twice daily the tide comes in and the ground around the area gets saturated with water. The pipes they’ve buried underneath will have to be pumping pretty much around the clock, I think. I certainly wouldn’t buy anything built on that land.
Structural Flaw

Don’t you hate it when you build a nice tower like this and some orc comes and knocks a big hole in it?

And the photo below is what the quicksand no-man’s-land meadow behind this tower looked like when I photographed it in April 2005.

Tower Quicksand Meadow

Looks nice, doesn’t it? Just don’t build on it!!

Marismas Panorama 2

Here you can see where it sits in relation to the ría, the tidal river plain that floods twice a day.

Marismas Panorama 1

And this other panorama was from the same day in 2005 from further down the coast, so I figured I’d include it here too.

Have a jolly weekend.

 
  • http://www.banglebangle.co.uk Hubbers

    I wonder what could have possessed the council to approve the construction? I thought the Spanish were about to start bulldozing hundreds of properties build by British ex-pats who did not get the proper permission …

    That being said there are loads of hugely successful developments around the world that are build on land that used to be water. The Chicago and Auckland CBDs are both from reclaimed land.

  • http://www.banglebangle.co.uk Hubbers

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  • http://www.hillbillyplease.com/blog/ Jane

    This is very reminiscent of DC.